The cloud hovering over Ashland Community and Technical College’s credentials has dissipated with the announcement Tuesday that its six-month prohibition has been lifted.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools listed the action on its Web site Tuesday.

According to the Web site, the association’s Commission on Colleges met Thursday and took the action then.

“I think it was appropriate that the action was taken,” said ACTC President Gregory D. Adkins, who has maintained all along that the college did not fail to meet any accreditation standard.

The probation had threatened ACTC’s accreditation, the loss of which would have been a severe blow to the college. Coursework taken at an unaccredited institution usually isn’t transferable, and many of ACTC’s students enroll with the expectation of moving on to four-year universities.

In December, when the probation was announced, Adkins said he was blindsided by the action. ACTC had received favorable commission reports in 2001 and 2003, but the commission questioned some faculty credentials.

After learning of the probation, Adkins directed the entire faculty to scour their records for documentation of their qualifications. He also asked commission president Belle S. Wheelan to speed up the process of re-evaluating the college, a process that was to have taken a year.

Wheelan agreed to push for a decision by June. An evaluation team visited the college in April. The team made no recommendations against ACTC; the commission accepted the team’s findings, and didn’t ask for a follow-up report, Adkins said.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or at (606) 326-2652.

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